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Maryland, My Maryland

28 April 1788  

On this date in 1788...

Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 7th U.S. state.

Other Years:

  • 1635 - Virginia colony Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed

The Nabob as Antifederalist: Benjamin Harrison of Virginia

Benjamin Harrison the Signer was born at Berkely (later called Harrison’s Landing) in Charles City County, Virginia. He was the son of Benjamin Harrison and Anne Carter Harrison, daughter of Robert ‘King’ Carter of Corotoman.……

The Sultana Disaster

27 April 1865  

On this date in 1865...

The steamboat Sultana while carrying 2,427 passengers (mostly paroled Federal POWs on their way home) exploded in the Mississippi River off Memphis. Up to 1,800 passengers

The Latest 18th Century Fake News

The “fake news” pejorative has become commonplace in modern public discourse, so much so that social media outlets have taken it upon themselves to “police” so-called “fake news” stories and warn people about their dangers.……

At 1 a.m. in the Morning With Snipers on the Roof!

by Al Benson Jr.

Think your Southern culture, history, and heritage are not under attack, constant attack? If you don’t, then you really better wake up and smell the coffee.

Just take a look at …

The Cherokee Disenfranchised

26 April 1906  

On this date in 1906...

The U.S. Congress passed the Burke Act which dismantled the Cherokee  government and granted the U.S. President the right to pick the Chief of the Cherokee

The Imperial Penman

A Review of The Imperial Presidency, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. 504 pages. The title gives us a fleeting but instructive glimpse at the curious rhetorical operations which flourish in……


The Confederate Soldiers Memorial Park / Mumford Historic Library is located east of Waynesville, GA, on Mineral Springs Road near the intersection of Browntown Road and US 82/GA 520 near the Glynn County line. It

Belleview will fly Confederate flag to honor community history

Belleview, Fla. – A third flag will join the U.S. and Florida ones on Wednesday at Belleview’s City Hall to honor Confederate History Day.

The third national Confederate flag, also known as the “blood-stained banner,”

Controversy surrounding confederate statues on UT campus

AUSTIN – The City of New Orleans will spend the week taking down confederate monuments. The first one came down overnight. Three others will be removed in the next few days.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called

The Thornton Affair

25 April 1846  

On this date in 1846...

Fighting broke out over the disputed border of Texas when Mexican troops attacked a squadron of U.S. dragoons commanded by Captain Seth Thornton near U.S. General

New Orleans: A People Without A Past Have No Future

Early this morning the local television station WRAL, Raleigh, NC, broadcast news that the first of “four Confederate monuments in New Orleans…honoring white supremacy” will come down today. The fate of these monuments has been…

Remember Thomas Nelson Page

Spencer Quinn – Shortly after the Civil War, the American South found itself in ruins. Much has been written about the devastation of the war and the indignities and strife which followed during Reconstruction. Beyond

The Spanish-American War

24 April 1898  

On this date in 1898...

Spain declared war on the United States, rejecting the American ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba after the sinking of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor.

Why Flannery O’Connor Never Liked Yankees

YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander. In Southern States the word is unknown. (seeDAMYANK.) Ambrose Bierce, THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY (1906). Bierce’s definition of the Yankee……

New Coke

23 April 1985  

On this date in 1985...

In one of history’s most bone-headed buisness decisions, Coca-Cola changed its formula and released New Coke. The supposed “original formula” was back on the

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